Sun, Allies Petition to Change FCC VOIP Stance

By eWEEK Editorial Board  |  Posted 2005-11-28

The governments stance on VOIP is creating uncertainty for many network providers heading into 2006.

Protesting that new federal wiretapping rules will stifle innovation and require re-engineering of private IP networks at a huge expense, universities, ISPs, libraries and privacy organizations, along with Sun Microsystems Inc., are going to court to overturn the rules.

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Two petitions were filed last month challenging the Federal Communications Commissions decision to apply the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, to voice-over-IP providers whose networks connect with the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).

Sun joined the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center,, Comptel and the American Library Association in filing a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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